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Eleven nights accommodation, meals as indicated, sightseeing, ﬂights and transfers as specified and an English speaking guide.
Daily; 01 May - 30 Sep '18
For centuries, Oman has inspired travellers, lured by its beauty, diversity and cultural heritage. This journey through the jewel of Arabia takes you to Oman’s must see sights and hidden secrets, from the fascinating streets of Muscat to the amazing spectacle of Wahiba Sands.
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The beautiful mountain scenery
The bustling Nizwa Markets, famed for antiquities, pottery and silver jewllery
Wahiba Sands, where you can learn about local nomadic tribes
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You’ll be picked up from either Dubai or Abu Dhabi and transferred by road to Oman via the heritage town of Ras Al Khaimah. On arrival in Khasab you will be taken to your hotel. This afternoon, drive to Jebel Harim, the tallest peak in the region. During your journey enjoy incredible vistas, including terraced mountain villages, lush acacia forests and wadis (dry river beds). Visit a Bedouin village located at an elevation of 3,000 feet. The village of Sayah is one of the most picturesque villages on the Musandam Peninsula. After a stop for photographs, continue with your drive to Jebel Harim. There will be time to admire the grand panorama from the mountain’s summit. The return drive takes you past Khawr Najd, a stunning sea view point overlooking the Indian Ocean. Drive to Al Khalidya Nature Park before concluding your trip back in Khasab.
This morning, board a traditional dhow and sail along Telegraph Island, the Strait of Hormuz and the Fjords, also known as the Norway of Arabia. Swim and snorkel in the pristine blue waters of the Arabian Ocean. After lunch onboard, cruise back sipping on some Omani coffee or tea mesmerised with another spectacular day in the land of Sinbad the Sailor.
This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Muscat. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Today enjoy Muscat’s highlights. The morning begins by visiting the Grand Mosque which stands exquisitely against the skyline. Once you have taken in the brilliance of the Grand Mosque head to Muttrah where you will visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum with a photo stop by Qasr Al Alam (His Majesty’s Palace) before heading to the lively Muttrah Souk. Bargain with locals and see what treasures you can find lying around the twisting and winding walkways. Grand Mosque is closed for tourist visits on Friday and any local holidays.
Travel on the coastal road to Ras Al Had. En-route stop at Bimah Sinkhole before continuing to Wadi Abayeen, with its deep pools set among the date palms, and Bibi Miriam’s ancient tomb. Most of the small towns along this route make their livelihood from fishing. Tiwi, a small fishing village, and Sur, a much larger town with an ancient harbour, house some of the original dhows that are still used today. Later this evening you will head to Ras Al Jinz for an unforgettable evening watching giant sea turtles make their way slowly up the beach to within metres of where they were hatched, up to 50 years before, to continue their legacy. The beach is one of the largest turtle reserves in the world so make sure you take everything in for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Stroll back to the hotel to the sound of the small Ghost crabs scuttling across the beach scavenging for food.
After breakfast, head to Sur visiting its main attractions and the Dhow Making Factory before driving to Wadi Bani Khalid. Continue onto Wahiba Sands for an adventurous dune drive before heading to your desert camp. Enjoy this unforgettable night under the stars in the desert. Stare up at the radiance of the starry sky and be warmed by the fire crackling beside you before retiring for the evening
Travel to Nizwa, one of the oldest cities and a previous capital of Oman. Nizwa is home to the famous Nizwa Fort, a fabulous silver souk and markets. Visit Jabrin Castle which has been called the most beautiful castle in all of Oman. It was still in operation up until the last century before being renovated for an amazing visitor experience. Continue the journey to Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountain).
Spend the day exploring the area. You will have the option of doing a Rock Rose walking experience which takes you through to some of the old villages around the region and learn how they distil the rose water and rose oil. Or walk on some of the mountain treks through this mountain range which stands just under 2,600 metres above sea.
This morning return to Muscat and transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Salalah. Salalah, the “garden city” of the south, is a tropical paradise and makes a great add-on to any Northern Oman package. Head to west Salalah, visiting Job’s Tomb and continue to Mughsail Beach which stretches for several kilometres with high cliffs on either side. This area has an abundance of bird life such as flamingos, pelicans and stork. You’ll also learn about the wondrous frankincense tree, which produce the incense for which this region is famous. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel.
After breakfast we head to East Salalah towards Taqa Castle and Marmura Palace, known for it’s old Dhofari homes and gives visitors a glimpse into the rich history past. To the east of Taqa lies the ancient ruins of Sumhuram at Khor Rori, once upon a time the most eastern outpost of the Hadhramaut Kingdom significant to the ancient frankincense trade. Once more valuable than gold, this prized resin forged the wealth of Oman in ancient times. From here, we take the scenic road through the Qara Mountains where the lush beauty of the Dhofar region becomes apparent, especially during the Khareef (Monsoon) region. Perched high upon the peak is the reputed final resting place of Job The Prophet. After the visit, proceed to Mughsail beach, enroute you will see the prized frankincense tress that dot the landscape. Oman’s frankincense is considered to be the best in the world and has given rise to the UNESCO World Heritage sites listed under the “The Land of the Frankincense Trail”
This day is free at your leisure
Transfer to Salalah Airport for your flight to Muscat and onward journey
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